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Toshiba Portege M800-PPM81A


This is a template for a future guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Portege M800-PPM81A laptop. Toshiba has released two different models of the Portege M800 which is basically completely different from one another. To avoid confusion, the model tested here is the newer PPM81A series. For the older PPM80A series see the Toshiba Portege M800 page. Please check which laptop model you have before updating this page.

If you have the Toshiba Portege M800-PPM81A and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Toshiba Portege M800-PPM81A. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Portege M800-PPM81A page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Toshiba Portege M800-PPM81A specifications page.

NameToshiba Portege M800-PPM81A
ProcessorIntel® CoreTM2 Duo
Screen13.3“ WXGA Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel 5100 802.11abgn

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorks fine
ScreenWorks fine
HDDWorks fine
Optical DriveWorks fine
GraphicsWorks fineCompiz not tested
SoundWorks fine
EthernetWorks fine
WirelessWorks fineWorking with kernel 2.6.29 (iwlagn module needed) and firmware downloaded
(more here:
BluetoothWorks fineWorks when using omnibook module with ectype=14
(help here:
ModemNot Tested yet
USBWorks fine
FirewireNot Tested yet
Card ReaderWorks partiallyTried only SD cards yet.
Standard ones seems to work, but my MicroSD with SD adapter does not.
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested yet
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested yet
WebcamWorks fine


ACPI keys works fine as well. My configuration has also HDMI and eSATA, but I haven't tested them yet.

Tested on Debian Lenny 5.0 with 2.6.29-2-686-bigmem kernel from backports
If you have 4GB RAM and want to be able to use all the capacity, use bigmem kernel (when using 32bit)

Some useful tips can be found here:
(because in a technical way M800 is similar to U400)


Some configuration work is required to function with Linux properly, but with a little of Linux skills it can be done easily.
Maybe with more user-friendly distributions (like Ubuntu) will this Toshiba work even more out-of-the-box.


budimas, 2009/06/23 13:00

please send with email me driver toshiba portage m800 for Ubuntu 9.04.

thanks you!!

alda, 2009/06/15 15:50


I installed Ubuntu Laptop Remix edition in Toshiba Portege M800-PPM81A. Everything works fine except sound recording. Consequently it forbids me to use the mic (e.g. I cant talk with skype). The sound works fine as far as I dont use the microphone Has anyone experienced such a problem? I would appreciate very much any suggestions.


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